Update: May 12, 5:40 p.m. — Irving will not play in Wednesday’s game vs. the San Antonio Spurs due to a facial contusion suffered on Tuesday night vs. the Bulls. James Harden is on track to play for the first time since early April, though and should slot into the starting lineup. Bruce Brown and Landry Shamet will get a chance to contribute on the wings with joe Harris (hip) out of the lineup.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving did not return to Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of a facial contusion, according to The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer. He tallied 13 points, five assists, and three rebounds in 21 minutes before leaving the contest.
The Nets are second in the Eastern Conference and have had to deal with injuries to their three superstars all year. While Kevin Durant is healthy, James Harden hasn’t played since he suffered a hamstring injury in early April. Brooklyn’s high-powered offense can’t reach its potential without all its core pieces.
The Nets will round out the regular season with games against the San Antonio Spurs, Bulls, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Facing three teams with losing records gives them a good chance to finish right behind the Philadelphia 76ers, but their odds to win the conference will be depleted if Irving isn't can’t take the floor.